Jeff Joniak (center) and Tom Thayer (left), the play-by-play and color commentator for Bears radio games on WBBM, respectively
Jeff Joniak (center) and Tom Thayer (left), the play-by-play and color commentator for Bears radio games on WBBM, respectively

Currently, WBBM NewsRadio 780 airs the Chicago Bears football games with Jeff Joniak doing the play-by-play, along with color commentator Tom Thayer and sideline reporter Mark Grote. Over the years, many Bears play-by-play broadcasters have included Jack Brickhouse and Wayne Larrivee. Their current preseason TV announcers on Fox Chicago are Adam Amin or Kyle Brandt (play-by-play), Jim Miller (color commentary) and Lou Canellis (sideline reporter).

Radio announcers

Years Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator
1933–1936 WGN Bob Elson
1937–1938 WJJD Jimmy Evans
1939–1941 WJJD/WIND Jack Drees
1942–1948 WJJD/WIND Bert Wilson
1949–52 WIND Red Grange
1953–1976 WGN Jack Brickhouse Irv Kupcinet
1977–1984 WBBM Joe McConnell Brad Palmer
1985–1987 WGN Wayne Larrivee Dick Butkus & Jim Hart
1988–1989 WGN Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush & Jim Hart
1990–1991 WGN Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush & Gary Fencik
1992–1993 WGN Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush, Dick Butkus, & Gary Fencik
1994 WGN Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush & Dick Butkus
1995–1996 WGN Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush & Dan Hampton
1997–1998 WMAQ Wayne Larrivee Hub Arkush & Tom Thayer
1999 WMAQ Gary Bender Hub Arkush & Tom Thayer
2000 WBBM Gary Bender Hub Arkush & Tom Thayer
2001–2004 WBBM Jeff Joniak Hub Arkush & Tom Thayer
2005–2010 WBBM Jeff Joniak Tom Thayer
2011–present WBBM/WCFS-FM Jeff Joniak Tom Thayer

Bears Radio Network

The Bears Radio Network stretches 16 stations over three states as of the 2021 season.[1]

State Market Frequency Call Sign
Illinois Chicago 780 AM WBBM (co-flagship)
105.9 FM WCFS (co-flagship)
Aurora 1280 AM WBIG
Christopher 103.5 FM WXLT
Decatur 1050 AM WDZ
Galesburg 92.7 FM WLSR
Jacksonville 1180 AM WLDS
Kankakee 92.7 FM WVLI
Peoria 1470 AM WMBD
Rochelle 1060 AM WRHL
Rockford 1330 AM WNTA
Springfield 1450 AM WFMB
Taylorville 94.3 FM WMKR
Indiana Kentland 101.7 FM WIVR
Plymouth 94.3 FM WZOC
Rensselaer 97.7 FM WLQI
Vincennes 96.7 FM WFML
Iowa Burlington 1150 AM KCPS

References